By ANUSHA K.
The smell of freshly roasted coffee beans filled the air and left ANUSHA K. in coffee heaven at Sembunyi Spa.
THOUGH I inhaled and loved the smell of roasted coffee, I left without the caffeine high. Perfect, I thought, simply because I avoid coffee at all times due to the massive headaches I get after just a small cup.
So when I was invited to try the Coffee Lovers Package at Sembunyi Spa, I was nevertheless thrilled. Consisting of a massage, body treatment and a bath, the main ingredient used is coffee. Apparently, the antioxidants in coffee prevent free radicals from causing cell damage.
Greeted by a warm smile by my therapist, I was ushered to a secluded treatment room all to myself. With its dimmed lights and dark antique furniture, a cup of icy cold peppermint tea was served.
To freshen up before the treatment, a cold towel smelling strongly of peppermint was provided. It’s these little things that left me wanting more.
From a variety of massage therapies available, I settled for the Balinese Serenity massage using Halia Excite (Ginger Oil) which involved long, calming strokes. Just what I needed after a hectic week at work, for sure!
Besides Halia Excite, you could also opt for Lavender Bayu, Melur Dream and Cendana Mystique oil. Externally, ginger oil helps soothe aching muscles and help increase blood circulation.
Then, the strong smell of coffee filled the air as my therapist gently applied the scrub. The paste, which consists of coffee granules, is left on for awhile, and is then rubbed off to remove dead skin cells. The result? Smoother, softer and fairer skin, for sure!
Once the scrub is removed, it’s time for the mocha and coffee wrap. Similar to dark chocolate, the liquid is slathered around me, and exactly like an Egyptian mummy, I am wrapped in a plastic sheet and left to myself for a while.
The finishing touch was of course, the seaweed yoghurt, which is applied over the wrap to make the skin softer and shinier. Soon, my therapist ushered me to my Relaxing Lavender bathtub filled with milk, bubbles, rose petals and a variety of flowers; drawn to soothe and refresh your body.
As I soaked myself, my worries seemed far away. Right beside my bathtub was a warm ginger drink and a little pudding, decorated with a cherry!
As I walked out of the spa, the bright sunlight on my face, I was ready for another hectic week with a tinge of the sweet aroma of coffee and a shiny glow on my skin!
Apart from the variety of Western and Traditional Spa Treatments, Sembunyi Spa is also the perfect place to immerse and rejuvenate your senses. After the spa treatments, you can soak in the Hot Jacuzzi, go ice with the Cold Dip and remove toxins with the Herbal Steam or Sauna.
If you’re hungry after the luxurious treatment, you can also enjoy the spa cuisine in a private gazebo overlooking the lake and then head out for the Lap Pool for a few strokes.
The Coffee Lovers Package is available throughout June at Sembunyi Spa, Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyberjaya, Selangor. It is priced at RM298++.
The benefits of coffee on your skin
• It is known to be a cellulite buster
• The strong aroma of coffee is said to perk up your senses!
• An effective treatment for the recovery of fatigue.
• This aromatic bean contains magnesium and Vitamin E.
• It functions as an excellent antioxidant, antibacterial agent and exfoliator!
----- Source: NST Online